Lock cars to prevent thefts

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By JOHN MILLER/Winters Police Chief

Since October, the Winters Police Department has received more than 30 reports of thefts from vehicles. Based on evidence collected at the scenes, it is evident the city is experiencing a series of thefts performed by one or more individuals, and the Winters Police Department is actively working several leads.

Although a small portion of these crimes involved forced entry into the vehicles, the vast majority occurred from unlocked vehicles. The thefts have occurred throughout town, and a variety of items were taken from the vehicles. All appeared to be crimes of opportunity.

Leaving vehicles unlocked and items visible in your vehicle provide an opportunity for thieves to enter your vehicle and take your possessions with little effort. Although the Winters Police Department has redirected patrols and has initiated an awareness campaign vis social media, we remind our residents and visitors always to:

~  Park in well-lighted area, if possible

~  Lock your vehicle always and activate security system

~  Never leave valuables, including firearms, in your vehicle

~  Secure all items from view. If it can be seen, it can be stolen

~  Report any suspicious activity to the Winters Police Department at 795-4561 for non-emergency. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Always remembering to “Remove It, Lock It, Or Lose It” reduces your chance of being the next victim.

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